Lucas Artists Fellow

Joanna Poethig
Photo (c)2009 Martin Vargas-Garcia
Johanna Poethig showcases her layered canvas technique
Photo: Bahara Emami
An unfinished piece by Johanna Poethig
Photo: Bahara Emami
Johanna Poethig models a futuristic device; her painting shows the same device being merged with a futuristic religious culture in the form of the Hindu God Ganesh.
Photo: Bahara Emami
  • RESIDENCY DATES : Apr 1st 2010 to May 30th 2010
  • FROM : USA

Johanna Poethig makes work that crosses the private and public realms. She has exhibited internationally and has been actively creating public art works, murals, paintings, sculpture, community collaborations, multi-media installations and performances for 25 years. Her paintings, sculpture, video and installations reflect her interest in symbol, satire, society and our colonialist, consumerist culture. She produces and participates in performance events that mix feminism, global politics, costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.

Her public art works intervene in the urban landscape on public buildings, freeways, in parks, hospitals, jails, schools, universities, homeless shelters, and advertising venues. She has received numerous commissions and awards for this work. Her recent projects include mural on a 24 story historic building for downtown Chicago’s loop district, the artwork for San Francisco’s new Juvenile Hall and a gateway sculpture for Gleason Park in Stockton. She is currently doing public artworks for Glide Foundation’s new affordable housing as well as the I-Hotel Manilatown Center in downtown San Francisco.

She was part of the 2008 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now 5 with the Galleon Trade international artist exchange. Her recent exhibits include solo shows at Crossing Tracks Gallery in San Diego and the Togonon Gallery In San Francisco. She has also shown at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, New Langton Arts, The Luggage Store Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Lab and Mag:net Gallery Katipunan in Manila. Her work is included the recent Stanford University Press publication “Asian American Art: A History 1850-1970.

She was raised in the Philippines, moved to Chicago and currently resides in Oakland, California. She received her BFA at University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland, California. She an Associate Professor at the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.